On Monday, many Facebook users found on their walls what appeared to be a series of posts by the "Philippine National Police (PNP). The supposed message claimed foul words against police officers "can be use (sic) as evidence now to file a case against you in a court of law."
It also claimed the PNP's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group's "Anti-Transnational Crime" is now conducting investigation using equipment that may be more sophisticated than other cybercrime units in the world, and that its personnel can "detect the location of the owner of a Facebook account of a certain person."
As of late Monday afternoon, the account was already closed. Before this, it had close to 9,000 "likes,"
On a different PNP account on Facebook, Cerbo released a press statement. The second account first became active on Facebook in 2011 and has 752 subscribers.
Press Statement of
PCSUPT GENEROSO R CERBO JR
PNP Spokesperson Chief, Public Information Office
October 1, 2012
The PNP categorically denies any official connection to a message which appeared in one particular facebook account found by many to be offensive, threatening and malicious.
For one, official statements of the PNP to include press releases intended for public consumption are published in digital form through our PNP official web site www.pnp.gov.ph or Facebook under the account name pnp.pio.
Further, said official statements can be released individually to our media friend both in hard and digital copies in the name of the PNP Public Information Office.
We shall have this incident investigated ASAP. You will be updated on the developments.
The posts came amid protests over the newly signed Anti-Cybercrime Act, where critics said its provisions on offenses like online libel may violate the right to freedom of expression.